BASEBALL—Harris County voters in Texas, in the largest turn-out for a bond issue in county history, voted $22 million to build this country's first domed, air-conditioned stadium in Houston. Excavation began 48 hours later. Houston holds a National League franchise to start in 1962.
BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS, with double victories over New York and St. Louis, continued to lead the Philadelphia Warriors by 5½ games in the Eastern Division of the NBA. They held it despite four straight Philadelphia victories behind a high-scoring Wilt Chamberlain, who averaged over 44 points for the Warriors. In the Western Division the St. Louis Hawks still flew at the head of their division, 10 games in front of Detroit.
In the NIBL, Cleveland, even with two successive home losses, to Akron and Denver, continued to lead the Eastern Division by 6½ games. Denver, with six straight wins on the road, led the Western Division by 3½ games.
BOATING—PAPER TIGER, Jack Powell's 40-foot yawl out of St. Petersburg, Fla., won the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit title with 292.5 points, after first taking the 184-mile Miami to Nassau race on corrected time, and placing 10th to J. W. Hershey's Ca Va II in the 30-mile Nassau Cup race. Second in the SORC championship was the 40-foot cutter Fun, coskippered by Bus Mosbacher and Lee Loomis of New York.
February 13, 1961
The NEW YORK YACHT CLUB announced the next America's Cup match will start on September 15, 1962 off Newport, R.I. The U.S. will defend the cup against an Australian 12-meter now being built in Sydney.
BOXING—JOEY ARCHER., unbeaten middleweight, won his 30th victory with a 10-round decision over Don Fullmer, younger brother of Middleweight Champion Gene Fullmer, in bout at Madison Square Garden.
Carlos Ortiz, in command from the opening bell, won a 10-round decision over Cisco Andrade in bout in Los Angeles.
DOG SHOW—CHAMPION HASSAN-BEN OF MOORNISTAN, a platinum-blond Afghan hound with a black goatee, owned, bred and handled by Dr. William Moore 3rd of Exton, N.J., was judged best-in-show over 635 other dogs in the Maryland Kennel Club Show in Baltimore.
GOLF—BILLY MAXWELL of Dallas, shooting a one under par on the final 18, won the $50,000 Palm Springs Classic with 90-hole total of 345 (see page 53). Runner-up: Doug Sanders, with 348. Big-money winner, however, was DON JANUARY of Dallas, who won the $50,000 bonus offered for a hole in one. January got it on the 148-yard par-3 15th hole (see page 10). Maxwell won $5,300 for first place.
Barbara Williams of Richmond, Calif., and William Hyndman of Philadelphia, won the National Mixed Foursome championship at Miami Beach 3 and 2 over Willie Turnesa of White Plains, N.Y., and Mrs. John Fitton of Hamilton, Ohio.
HOCKEY—The TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, after finally catching up with the league-leading Montreal Canadiens, hustled into a three-point lead. To do it, the Maple Leafs twice defeated Detroit (the first game a 5-0 shutout), then tied Chicago, while the Canadiens, after beating the New York Rangers, fell to Chicago (4-1) and Detroit (7-2) and right out of first place.
The U.S. amateur hockey team tied one match, lost two to WEST GERMANY and NORWAY in European tour. The U.S. team will defend its hockey title next month in Switzerland.
HORSE RACING—YORKY ($6), teamed as an entry with Calumet's On-And-On, won the $69,300 McLennan Handicap at Hialeah with a stretch drive, by 2¾ lengths over Gustave Ring's Don Poggio. The 4-year-old colt, with Johnny Sellers up, covered the 1‚⅛ mile in 1:48.
Sister Antoine ($48.60) came from behind on the final turn to win the $60,400 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita by half length over Howard B. Keek's Paris Pike. Hirsch Jacobs' 4-year-old filly, under Bill Harmatz, ran the mile and one furlong in 1:49[3/5].
Vapor Whirl ($5.50), a gray-coated loafer who only turns it on when he has to, won the $29,575 Bahamas Stake at Hialeah by a neck over Crozier. Under Bill Hartaek, Vapor Whirl took the seven furlongs in 1:23[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—CHARLES KOLB of Homestead, Fla. won the Formula Junior race at Daytona International Speedway, averaging 74.44 mph in his Elva. Runner-up: Harry Carter of Litchfield, Conn., in a Lotus.
SKIING—HANS PETER LANIG, 25-year-old Colorado Springs restaurateur from Munich, Germany, won the international slalom derby at Colorado Springs with a combined time of 513.2 seconds (eight, runs down a 3,000-foot course). Runner-up: Tom Corcoran of San Francisco, with a total time of 519.2 seconds.
Middlebury, for the third year, won the team championship at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival at Hanover. Middlebury sophomore Gordon Eaton won the downhill and Alpine combined, while teammate John Bower won the cross-country and placed second in the jumping to win the individual Nordic combined title.
SWIMMING—NAVY snapped the longest winning streak in sports by beating Yale 48-47 before 2,300 shouting midshipmen at Annapolis. The end of Yale's 201 consecutive swimming victories (the last team to beat them was Army back in 1945) came on the last lap of the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, when Anchorman Don Diget caught and passed Yale's Jim Guthrie. Navy's most important victory, and the one that gave them the psychological boost to win ("We went for broke," said Navy Coach John Higgins later), was in the first race, the 400-yard medley relay, in which the Middies edged Yale and took an important 7-0 lead. Yale came back to tie the score at 26-26 after six events, at 35-35 after eight and even took a 46-36 lead with only two races remaining; but then Don Griffin won the 200-yard breaststroke to set up Navy's three-inch victory in the freestyle relay. "From now on they'll say, 'Navy did it,'" proclaimed a jubilant Navy Captain Dick Oldham.
TENNIS—In its annual meeting in New Orleans the USLTA approved an open plan of sorts to be presented to the International Lawn Tennis Federation at Stockholm next July (see page 8). The USLTA, on the recommendation of President George E. Barnes, also called for Davis Cup nations to amend rules to permit a semiprofessional Davis Cup team—the pros to play in two of the four singles matches and one pro to play in the doubles match. The USLTA also chose David Freed, 51-year-old Salt Lake City businessman, to captain the U.S. Davis Cup team again in 1961. "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," said Freed, accepting the job.
TRACK & FIELD—In the MILLROSE GAMES at Madison Square Garden, four Manhattan seniors (John Corry, Kye Courtney, Larry St. Clair and Artie Evans) set an indoor world record for the two-mile relay of 7:32.8. Wilma Rudolph of Tennessee State tied the world record for the 60-yard dash with a time of 6.9, while Hayes Jones of Eastern Michigan tied the world record for the 60-yard high hurdles in seven seconds flat. New-York University's mile relay team set a meet mark of 3:16.9. The Wanamaker Mile was won by Istvan Rozsavolgyi of Hungary in 4:06. Frank Budd of Villanova took the 60-yard dash in 6.2, and Al Lawrence of Houston matched the meet record for two miles in 8:52.8. John Thomas won the high jump with a leap of 7 feet. Henry Wads-worth of University of Florida beat Don Bragg in the pole vault with 15 feet 4 inches. Ralph Boston of Tennessee State took the broad jump with a leap of 25 feet 9 inches.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: NEALE FRASER, 27, world's top amateur tennis player, to Wendy McIver, 23, in South Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. HIRED: JAMES CAMP, 36, assistant coach at Minnesota, as head coach at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
ELECTED: MAX CAREY, 70, and the late BILLY HAMILTON, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Carey played for Pittsburgh and Brooklyn from 1910 to 1929, later coached Pittsburgh and managed Brooklyn. He still holds the modern lifetime National League base-stealing record of 738. Hamilton, known as Sliding Billy, played for Philadelphia from 1890 through 1895. He stole 115 bases in 1891, had a lifetime record of 797 (in Hamilton's day, advancing on an out was considered a stolen base).
DIED: In Pennsylvania Railroad special from Philadelphia to Bowie race track, six persons, when train was derailed at the Jericho Park junction between Baltimore and Bowie.